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Native American educator to lecture at NMSU

Native American educator Gregory Cajete will present a lecture at New Mexico State University titled "The Foundations of Indigenous Knowledge" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, in the Corbett Center Auditorium.


a Tewa Indian from Santa Clara Pueblo, is the director of Native American Studies and an associate professor in the Division of Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies at the University of New Mexico.

Cajete designs culturally responsive curricula for the different needs and learning styles of Native American students. The curricula are based on the Native American understanding of the "nature of nature" and develop an understanding of indigenous and Western thought processes and perspectives of the world.

He also is involved with art and its applications to education and is a practicing ceramic, pastel and metal artist. As an herbalist and holistic health practitioner, he has researched Native American, Chinese and Ayurvedic healing philosophies and cultural perspectives of health.

Cajete has written five books that focus on indigenous knowledge and how it relates to ecology, science, education and the environment.

He received the American Indian Graduate Fellowship, the D'arcy McNickle Fellowship and the Katrin Lamon Fellowship in American Indian Art and Education.

Cajete holds a bachelor's degree in biology and sociology with a minor in secondary education from New Mexico Highlands University, a master's degree in adult and secondary education from UNM and a Ph.D. in social science education with an emphasis in Native American studies from International College Los Angeles New Philosophy Program.

Cajete's visit is sponsored by NMSU's American Indian Program (AIP) in recognition of National Native American Month.

For more information contact the AIP office at (505) 646-4207.